Saints hiring Kris Richard as secondary coach

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Kris Richard will be back in the NFL for the 2021 season, but he will not be a defensive coordinator.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints are hiring Richard as their secondary coach. Aaron Glenn left that position to become the defensive coordinator for the Lions last month.

Richard was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks from 2015-2017 and the defensive backs coach/defensive play caller for the Cowboys in 2018 and 2019. He was out of football last year and spoke with the Packers and Raiders about their coordinator openings since the end of the 2020 season.

The Saints have some more work to do to outfit their coaching staff. Tight ends coach/assistant head coach Dan Campbell left to become the Lions head coach and quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi became the Chargers offensive coordinator.

5 responses to “Saints hiring Kris Richard as secondary coach

  1. Starting to wonder if he’s living off his reputation with Seattle and that reputation might have a lot more to do with the talent he had there than his ability to coach. His career hasn’t really been on an upward trajectory.

  2. I agree Kris Richard has a lot of energy, but was a bust trying the run the Cowboys defense when the Cowboys decide they didn’t want to keep Rod Marinelli on the staff for next year. Richard auditioned for the part. The ‘Boy didn’t keep either. I think he is better as a position coach than a DC. That’s why the Raiders and Packers didn’t hire him as their DC. Now Saints hire him to coach secondary coach, which he should be good at.

  3. He should be an upgrade for their secondary where he excels, but I still think the Saints should look at upgrading at DC. Allen has fielded a good defense, but I think those parts could be an elite top five unit.

  4. I remember after his first year in Dallas he was all the rage, even in discussions locally amongst local beat writers covering the team that he would be the Jason Garrett replacement the boom the next year he’s gone..

    Whats up with that

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